Science Friday, June 23, 2017
The Cephalo-Inspired Technology Of The Future
Cephalopods are such exciting sources of inspiration,” says Alon Gorodetsky, a materials scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “The things they do, how they move, even their brains—it’s like science fiction stuff.” In this segment, Ira chats with Gorodetsky and other technologists about an array of cephalopod-inspired innovations, from adaptive camouflage to self-healing materials.
Scientific American, June 27, 2017
Lightning-Caused Fires Rise in Arctic as the Region Warms
When permafrost burns, layers of organic material that store carbon are consumed, said James Randerson of the University of California, Irvine, a co-author of the paper. That causes additional emissions to be released for years into the future. “It’s a type of feedback that people didn’t necessarily appreciate, and it shows a vulnerability to the tundra, the potential for fires to move into this biome,” Randerson said.
Los Angeles Review of Books, June 24, 2017
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: The Language Warrior
A Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, Ngũgĩ, as he’s known, won the 2013 UCI Medal and has been a top contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He’s also Kenya’s best-known writer. His devotion to his homeland is one reason he’s so pleased with the multiple translations of “The Upright Revolution.” … He sat down with Rosemary McClure to discuss “The Upright Revolution” and his championing of literature in native languages. The conversation is published jointly by UCI Magazine and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
The Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2017
Silicon Valley, Not Willing to Wait, Forges Ahead on Boosting Minimum Wage (Subscription required)
David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, said minimum-wage increases aren’t an effective policy tool for alleviating poverty and the potential effects of a $15 minimum wage widely remain an unknown. While smaller increases leave room for businesses to adjust margins through prices or by varying their workforce, a move toward a mandated $15 base salary will likely leave little room for anything other than layoffs, he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
The Desert Sun, June 27, 2017
New study debunks notion that immigration causes crime
“For me, I’m done asking about whether immigration causes crime,” said University of California, Irvine criminologist Charis Kubrin, one of the authors of a study released Tuesday. “In my mind, this meta-analysis closes the book on that question.”
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